Catholic Cathedral – Barbadoes Street

This is the cathedral of the blessed sacrament. It is located at the Moorhouse end of Barbadoes street. The Cathedral was blessed and opened on the 12th February 1905, at a total cost of fifty two thousand pounds. I probably drive pass the cathedral 20 times in a week, but I never tire of looking at it. It’s simply quite beautiful.


This is a side view of the cathedral. It’s even more impressive from the front (but I couldn’t get back far enough to get a decent shot).

Information from the church’s website:

“The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is regarded as one of the finest examples of church architecture in Australasia. Its architect, Francis William Petre, specialised in the building of churches and achieved considerable recognition in the field of architecture and engineering. The Cathedral so impressed George Bernard Shaw that he hailed its architect as a — New Zealand Brunellesch.”


  • 10 years ago

    This building is impressive, I recall sketching it quite some time ago when on holidays

  • David Stevenson
    10 years ago

    A very special place that brings back many wonderful memories. A building that Christchurch can be very proud off.

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